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Providing the functionality of CVS as a library

From: Alex Taler
Subject: Providing the functionality of CVS as a library
Date: Thu, 31 Oct 2002 21:09:12 -0500


I'm interested in working on providing the functionality of CVS
as a library.  I've created a project called libcvs on to host the work.  It's pending approval, so don't go
look yet.

I don't think there's anyone out there already doing, this, but
please tell me if I'm wrong.  I'm sure the idea has come up in
the past, but I couldn't find discussion of it in the mailing
list archives.  Is there a reason that nothing like this is being

My incentive for this comes from my experience with writing tools
that wrap CVS.  I found the parsing of the CVS output quite
cumbersome, and prone to failure when I brought it to a new site.
I know I'm not the only one who would benefit from such a
library, so it seemed like a good idea.

Of course there are lots of issues to be worked out, such as
source licensing, using the existing CVS source, accessing remote
repositories, and libraries in multiple languages.  I look
forward to working out all of these problems.


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